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With 5 generations of experience, we have an extensive history within the packaging industry. Discover how our focus on innovation and development over the years has led us to where we are today.


Sheard Founded

Samuel Sheard establishes the company as distributor of paper bags and wrappings for the textile industry in Woolshops, Halifax.

Imperial Crown Hotel

In the 1940's the company is run by Charles Whittaker, having taken over the reins from Samuel Sheard. It relocates at the bottom of Horton Street in Imperial Buildings, which now houses the Imperial Crown Hotel.

Hollins Mill

After moving across the road to the India Buildings we expand and purchase Hollins Mill in Greetland.

John Whittaker

In 1964 John, grandson of Charles Whittaker, joins Sheard and he will eventually take the running of business from his father Eric.
Sheard purchases Charles Heath & Sons, a waste paper recycling business in Boothtown, Halifax


We move to our current site at Greetland where we continue to modernise and revolutionise our business.

Roger Whittaker

Our current CEO Roger joins his father at age 16, making Sheard now a 5th Generation family business.

Case Makers and Corrugated Board

Our first Tecasa case maker is installed onsite as we take our first major step into the world of corrugated case manufacture.
1999 – 2002

Growth and Installation

At the turn of the century we continue to grow with the installation of a Super Max flatbed die cutter, Emba case maker, and Tecasa rotary die cutter.

1 in 10 million

Our expansion and innovation pay off as annual turnover exceeds £10m for the first time.

Design Focus

We begin to focus more on product design as well as manufacture, investing in an ink kitchen and an AG CAD design system.

Upgrades and More Growth

As our turnover reaches £18m, we upgrade our facilities to include our first Asahi flatbed die cutter, making it easier than ever to create branded packaging solutions for our customers.

Sheard Move into HQPP

Continued expansion moves Sheard into the High-Quality Post Print (HQPP) market for the first time, with the installation of a Dong Fang Apstar 7-colour rotary die cutter.

No Stopping for Sheard

Our annual turnover grows to £40m per annum having previously expanded our design functions with systems such as our Zünd CAD table.

The Only Way is Up

Reaching a milestone turnover of £50m per annum, Sheard celebrates by completing significant investments including the latest Emba 4-colour case maker, a 7-colour Göpfert HBL rotary die cutter, a brand-new warehouse and new conveyor, strapping and palletisation systems.

Investing in Innovation

Looking to take our corrugated packaging solutions to the next level, we open the Innovation and Design Centre (iDC) at our Halifax site. The next stage of our investment plans is underway!
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